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Do we have perfectionists here?

Been having a doubt: are we recommended to master every single lesson? I see a lot of people skip bonus rounds and translations and leave many skills (simply) "learned." I wouldn't have accepted that anyway...

Also, Duo should be able to recognize that when i click on a previous lesson that has an ugly zero/one heart on it, i'm simply trying to re-master this lesson. Ideally IMO the lesson should then turn into a brief exercise in which, errors made before are presented, knowledge re-tested, and the original, for-newbies content NOT repeated.

February 13, 2013



I would recommend you progress and learn more, without mastering, initially. Then come back, from time to time, and revisit things you haven't mastered. This will make you see the words again after a time, enhancing transfer to long term memory.

For example, today in German I worked on negatives, and finally mastered the food section. There are something like 13 non-golden boxes between those. I'll probably come back in a few weeks and pick up the few remaining lessons without 3 hearts.

If you work really hard on one section, but only over a short period of time, you won't learn it as deeply as you would by seeing it repeatedly over a longer time period.


that's some great ideas so thx!!


Wow, I never would have thought of doing that. I'm WAY to much of a perfectionist. :)


I personally can't stand the non-golden cubes, so I always master the lessons, and I never allow more than one missing heart.


I do that too, only i try only to lose no more that 2 hearts, but that doesn`t always happen.


I have that same goal as well. Rarely do I drop below 2 hearts.


Great minds think alike:)


Definitely a perfectionist here. I don't leave a lesson until I've completed it with three hearts remaining. A bonus round isn't "complete" until I've finished in under 2 minutes and, separately if necessary, finished with three hearts remaining.

This approach means that it takes me longer to progress onto new subjects, but it means that I get more practice on each lesson. Silly mistakes and typos can mean that I have to redo a single lesson over and over again - but that's a positive as I gives me more practice on that lesson.


It really depends on how you want to learn obviously, you will feel more fill if you master every lesson. Also, sometimes, when you stop practicing, you tend to forget.. a lot, duo-lingo doesn't acknowledge that.


I like to go onto new sections when it lets me, I can always go back to practice more. Sometimes one subject gets a little tiring and I don't want to get burned out on learning.


I think that duolingo now acknowledges that I could forget stuff. Today I have less gold subjects than yesterday. It wants me to review. :D


Does it? the first thing I do on Duo everyday is to click "practice."


Definitely a perfectionist here. I can't leave a box of learning until I have 3 hearts in all the lessons and mastery section. I find it actually really helps to force yourself to get 3 hearts in everything just to cement the words into memory.


Here's a way: master the lessons whatever way you like to satisfy the perfectionist appetite, but do the bonus rounds (especially the bonus rounds) just once. They're great memory refreshers when you look back at what you've done.


I tend to leave at least a night's sleep before finishing with mastering. That way more will get committed to my longterm memory or force me to train until it does. Doing a whole unit in one day is not as good. Can't wait to become part of the new system where the system will account for memory degradation.

Learning new units first makes things harder, since you get sentences mixed with all the known words and forms, not just what you knew when first encountering the unit. So it's a good way to lessen the repetitiveness of the first lessons.

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